World Bulletin / News Desk
A Saudi court has sentenced to death a man described as Al-Qaeda "main ideologue" in the kingdom, while slapping jail terms against 15 of his associates, according to the official SPA news agency.
The agency did not name the top Al-Qaeda figure or when he was arrested.
But the local Al-Madina newspaper identified the man as Faris bin Ahmad al-Zahrani and said he was arrested at a park in the southern city of Abha in the possession of arms and grenades.
Al-Zahrain came 12 on a list of 26 wanted terrorists released by Saudi security authorities in 2003 over involvement in terrorist attacks.
According to the news agency, the court also slapped jail terms against 15 associates of the Al-Qaeda ideologue.
They were all found guilty of disobeying the country's rulers by traveling outside the kingdom to fight in conflict areas; involvement in terrorist attacks inside Saudi Arabia; illegal possession of arms; and terror funding.
The group also "sought to topple the Gulf regimes, which they deemed infidel and apostate," the SPA said.
The verdict is appealable within 30 days.
Saudi Arabia last month officially designated nine groups "terrorist" organizations, including the Al-Qaeda and all its affiliates worldwide.
Earlier in the year, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz issued a decree mandating jail terms for anyone found engaging in unsanctioned combat outside the kingdom or who joined "radical movements" or "terrorist groups."
The decree applies to anyone who supports these groups, financially or morally, and their ideologies.
According to Saudi laws, disturbances of public order and perceived defamation of the kingdom or king are labeled as "terrorist acts."Last Mod: 03 Nisan 2014, 11:09